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I would give this 10 stars if only I could!!! On a trip of superlatives, this stood out as the most magical one even though my partner did at some point trip and broke her wrist, sigh. Neil, our tour guide, was simply fantastic...he took such excellent care of us, at times I was trying to figure out how to smuggle him back home. Transportation was in a clean and spacious Land Cruiser, all of our memories were captured expertly by him on photo and video. The experience itself starts after appropriate gear is distributed and donned with cleaning out the Panda enclosures predictably messy in the morning. It was at this point that my partner tripped over a piece of bamboo, took a fairly hard spill and incurred a hairline fracture on her wrist which we didn't find out about until our return. Neil as well as the staff at the center couldn't have been more attentive, sourcing ice and generally tending to her every need. Not letting bad luck get in her way, we continued the day: the two feedings were our absolute favorite as these are not rushed. The photo opp which we added on on-site and in my mind, is a must...how many times in your life are you going to get THAT opportunity was not too rushed, either, but this depends on the number of participants: they use one panda and feed him/her bamboo shoots which will only keep them occupied for so long. This time must be divided among the participants...luckily, we had relatively few as it was off-season. You get a lot of opportunity to watch the Pandas between chores and the younger ones are very active and playful, especially after they had their lunch. Our own lunch was very flavorful and it was really fun being part of the staff, all of whom tried their very best to ensure that everyone had a good experience. After the day, we decided to have some x-rays taken at a local hospital unfortunately, they did not reveal the fracture because of the position it was in and this added a substantial amount of time. Neil stayed with us the whole time, translating and expediting the process...really, a gem of a tour guide and the crown jewel of things to do in China!
Words will not express the joy and knowledge we gained from this experience. We felt part of the crew of this extraordinary reservation. They shared so much knowledge and understanding about the Panda and its unique evolutionary path. This was a wonderful experience for us and we hope more of you can contribute to this worthy cause, one that fills the soul.
David B USA
A very unique and educational experience with hard work involved. We were lucky to visit on a rainy day when the pandas were their most active. Our guide was helpful and friendly throughout the day and we had an amazing, one-of-a-kind experience.
My wife and enjoyed this very much. It was such an awesome experience! We ended up paying for one picture with the panda once we got there. The money goes back to the Reacue Center so felt it was a worthy cause. Worley was a great guide and never left our side. Would hightly recommend this tour.
Once in a lifetime experience! This is currently the only place in the world that allows such close contact with such an amazing animal. Sam's email communications were quick and spot-on. Our fabulous guide Worley and our driver met us in our hotel lobby right on time and we enjoyed a pleasant drive through Chengdu and out to the more rural town of Dujiangyan. Along the way we had the pleasure of Worley's company and discussed the past, present and future of Chengdu. This one on one cultural exchange is something my wife and I value during our international travels as much as the must see sights. Worley is a terrific guide and she stayed with us throughout the day to help translate with the Panda center staff and take pictures for us. We helped our keeper care for two Pandas throughout the day, cleaning their outdoor and indoor enclosures, clearing the old bamboo and unloading and prepping the fresh bamboo. The two hand-feeding sessions were incredible and we had the opportunity to see the majority of the other Pandas during our tour of the grounds later in the morning. Note, do not go in the afternoons during the summer as most of the Pandas will be beating the heat indoors. The photo session with the 2 year old Panda was unforgettable and worth every penny especially since most of the funds go right back into the center and breeding efforts. Lunch at the onsite cafeteria was simple but delicious and we had plenty of time to take a breather in the 97 degree F heat of late August. If you're even considering this tour, book it, you won't regret it!!!
I had brilliant day volunteering at Panda Rescue Center. This is by far the best thing to do in Chengdu
Not to be missed!
This is an amazing five start experience and family friendly. The staff were helpful and knowledgable, worth every penny! Def do the photo with a panda portion -- the absolute best!
Angela H United Kingdom
This is an expensive day, especially if you have the photo too which I did and would highly recommend, plus much of that cost goes towards the wellbeing of pandas, but it is an amazing once in a lifetime, must-do, experience. cant recommend enough. This day will stay with me forever... but I do love pandas!
This tour is expensive but worth it! It gave my daughter and I opportunity to get close to the pandas. We had great fun feeding them...even cleaning the poop in the cage.
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